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First Nations, environmentalists occupy B.C. salmon farm

fish farm protest occupation 1‘The time for the very long debate about fish farms has passed,’ says traditional leader Ernest Alfred

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press, August 30, 2017

A group of First Nations and environmentalists are occupying a salmon farm near Alert Bay, B.C., and say they won’t leave until the provincial and federal governments revoke permits for the facility. Read the rest of this entry

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First Nations occupy Marine Harvest fish farm

Fish Farm occupation elders sittingBC Local News, August 28, 2017

A group of First Nations has peacefully occupied a Marine Harvest salmon farm on Swanson Island, which is located 17 km east of Alert Bay.

On Aug. 25, Hereditary Chief Ernest Alexander Alfred, along with a group of First Nations, occupied the farm. He stated the fish farm is illegally parked in ‘Namgis and Maya’xala Awinakola territory. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Occupation of fish farm by Kwakwaka’wakw

August 25, 2017 Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Hereditary Leadership visited Ernest Alfred at his occupation camp on Marine Harvest owned salmon farm on Swanson Island B.C. after his first night.

Renowned B.C. Indigenous artist Beau Dick has died

Beau Dick regalia

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick in traditional regalia.

‘Namgis artist was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights

By Megan Thomas, CBC News, March 28, 2017

World-renowned B.C. Indigenous artist Beau Dick has died.

Dick was a master carver and hereditary chief from the ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, just off the coast of northern Vancouver Island.

He was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights. Read the rest of this entry

Survivors witness demolition of dreaded First Nations residential school in Alert Bay

Teen girl says Mountie punched her twice during Alert Bay arrest, but RCMP disputes her account